Health Board: Nine new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over last 24 hours ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A social distancing sign at a cafe on Tallinn's Old Town Square.
A social distancing sign at a cafe on Tallinn's Old Town Square. Source: Helen Wright/ ERR

Nine new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours with eight cases being related to a recent outbreak in Tartu. In total, 1493 tests were analyzed.

According to data from the population registry, six cases were registered in Tartu County, two in Harju County and one in Valga County.

The two cases in Harju County are related to Tartu, with one person having been in contact with an infected person earlier and another visiting Maasikas night club on August 31.

Two cases in Tartu are related to previous discovered cases, one was a repeated test and the rest of the cases discovered over the last 24 hours are still being investigated.

A recent outbreak in Tartu comes after a resident with symptoms visited a spa, nightclub, cinema and various shops.

The behavior has now led to 37 cases related to Vabank night club, 19 at Naiiv culture bar and 18 at Shooters bar.

On Monday, eight bars in Tartu agreed to close their doors for a week as a measure towards containing the coronavirus outbreak in Estonia's city which has seen dozens of new cases in recent days, most of them linked to nightspots in the towns.

As of Tuesday morning, nine people are receiving treatment in hospital with one person on a ventilator.

There are an estimated 130 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Estonia with a total of 128,212 tests carried out since February, of which 2,167 have been confirmed as the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

There were no deaths reported, leaving the total at 63. The last death recorded was on June 2. On August 1, the Health Board reported it had corrected the amount of deaths recorded directly the result of COVID-19 in Estonia from 69, to 63.

The Health Board reminds everyone that even after the end of the emergency situation, vigilance towards COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases should stay high: hand hygiene, social distancing and staying home when sick are still important measures to follow. The coronavirus is spread mainly from person-to-person, usually via close contact with an infected person. Close contact is seen as a situation where people are closer than two meters to each other for 15 minutes.

To see more data visit koroonakaart.ee, which is continuing to analyze and publish the daily data in English, Russian and Estonian.

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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